Discover MUSE — the supreme strap.
If your desire is to become the apex artist, you must CHANNEL your ego, and press your ego into your service, instead of striving to destroy your ego.
The type of failure which REMOVES fear from your life and attempts.
It seems one of the American dreams is to cultivate uniqueness. This is what fuels a lot of our consumerism:
The desire to purchase something which exhibits our personal vanity of our own personal uniqueness.
But the philosophical question:
Why be unique?
ARS is the online photography feedback platform on the planet which can actually help you IMPROVE your photography!
We all want to improve our lives. But in order for what?
Testing these turbo thoughts with ZEN OF ERIC:
What is consumerism, and is it really as “bad” as people make it out to be?
Why is photography so fun?
Today’s turbo thought:
To be human is to MOVE!
No judgements. No hesitation. No self-critique or self-judgement.
Pure unadulterated joy in photography.
Black and white— classic, timeless, and personal:
The great joy of life:
Knowing that trillions of new fun, exciting, and great adventures and experiences await you!
It seems the reason why we want wealth and riches is to live a peaceful life.
But what if living a frugal and simple life were a more effective strategy?
W. Eugene Smith was probably the greatest humanistic photographer thus far:
Fujifilm makes great cameras— probably some of the best “bang for the buck”cameras. Imagine Fujifilm cameras being like a Lexus— truly nothing wrong with it! Great performance, good aesthetics, and a solid price point.
A thought inspired by Cindy:
What if we should direct all of our powers to elevate ourselves?
A realization about photography:
It doesn’t matter how “good” or “bad” you are in photography. The point is to share YOUR personal perspective!
Perhaps the optimal human state is maximizing your “flow state” everyday, all day, for the most of everyday. Some practical ideas:
- Don’t do anything you don’t care for, or what you’re not passionate about.
- Spend as little time on email, your phone, messaging, social media, communications, internet as possible.
- If you want to enter a flow state, turn off your phone for long periods of time.
- Drink lots of black coffee or 100% cocoa powder while fasting, to master and maximize your metabolism.
- In order to maximize your flow state, also maximize your physical activity during the day. For me this is lots of walking, standing, squatting, or powerlifting at the gym.
- Music to get into a flow state. Experiment with instrumentals (no lyric music) as well.
- Don’t consume any media that “fucks up your high” or “vibe”. Avoid toxic news, media, people, foods, drinks.
Maximize your flow!
Happiness isn’t the end goal (contra Aristotle):
First basic idea:
The best way to measure ‘success’ as an entrepreneur is on pure survival.
Is frugality a virtue? Is frugality something to be desired?
What is frugality for? For whom? Why be frugal?
These are some questions I will attempt to answer:
Whenever I have followed my passion in life, I have succeeded in life. And so can you.
Don’t live life like Russian roulette. Texting and driving 99% safe… 1% death.
Photographic nihilism means:
What is the point of making photos? They are insignificant anyways.
Nihilism: the (loser) philosophy that ‘nothing has meaning, thus I shall do nothing’ (Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy). Unfortunately this type of nihilistic thinking victimizes intelligent (atheist) individuals. If we live in a world without god, or a cosmic “reason” to life — why do anything?
Success as a photographer means to never stop shooting new photos!
If we use this as our definition for photography and art, then perhaps Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn’t a successful photographer (he gave up photography), and we can consider Richard AVEDON (died while on assignment) and Josef Koudelka (in his 80s and still traveling and making new photos) as highly successful.
When I start blogging, I have no idea how it will end
Similar thinking: treat blogging as “live-streaming”your mind! With all your “flaws”and “bad” grammar.
More important for it to be your own personal and genuine thoughts. To not simply rehash what others have said. To express YOUR OWN opinion on a matter!
Andre Lhote— the teacher of Henri Cartier-Bresson: